High winds on mountain in Colorado (Photo) Credit milhightraveler (iStock)

Above tree line as it snows, high winds blow streams of snow and ice off the mountains and snow filled ridge lines of the Continental Divide at Loveland Pass, Colorado. File photo. Photo Credit: milehightraveler (iStock).

A pair of campers on Conundrum Creek trail in Pitkin County, had a close call with Colorado's rapidly changing temperatures on Friday, according to a news release from the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office.

The campers, both in their 20s, contacted emergency services at around 12:40 PM. 

"It was reported that one of the campers was suffering from frostbite and  unable to move. The campers, both in their 20’s, also had several items of gear break and were unable to make food," the release said. 

Crews from the sheriff's office and Mountain Rescue Aspen (MRA) were deployed to the scene. According to officials, the pair was located an estimated 6 miles from the trailhead.  

"At approximately 5:04 pm,  the MRA ground team made contact with the two campers on the Conundrum Creek trail. The campers did not have any serious injuries and were able to walk out on their own with assistance from MRA volunteers," officials said. 

Thanks goes out to search and rescue crews involved in this successful mission.

A cold front moved through the state on Friday, dropping 20 inches of snow in some areas. It is important to always check for updated weather forecasts before adventuring into the Colorado outdoors. 

Even during springtime, temps can drop quickly in Colorado, especially at night. Prepare yourself for sudden changes in weather by packing extra blankets, clothes, and an emergency kit.  

Weather alerts from the National Weather Service can be found, here.

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Goes back to the Boy Scouts "be prepared". not sure what failed on these campers. But, had they tested their equipment before going out into nature with the chance of a Winter storm, they may have discovered the problems.

Did they carry a waterproof case of strike anywhere matches? Fire sticks that start easily and burn hot to start a wet wood fire? Carry a flint fire starter? I don't go out without all of them. Plus a Find-me-Spot device that requires only access to GPS satellites to contact the nearest 911 center with my location and that I'm in need of help.

Just a few things for readers to consider. Hopefully getting to those coming to camp, hike, offroad, etc.

Question, does Colorado have a website for those coming to our state to look at and get information on what they should bring with them?


It just goes to show Colorado weather can change in New York Minute! Take my word for it; as I was a New Yorker from Finger Lakes & Great Lakes where it can change just like it has in Colorful Colorado, hence a New York minute! I like being funny too! Jess

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